KEEPING YOUR PROMISE IMPORTANT?"
A Bible Study about Vows, Oaths and Promises
By Diana M. Gray
Copyright (c) 2002 (KJV Bible
What does the Bible say about Vows and Keeping
pastors, politicians, world leaders, and everyone else, responsible
for promises made? What about honesty and integrity, is there a double
standard? How do you feel when someone makes a promise to you and
doesn't keep their word or makes excuses to get out of it?
After reading this study, your life will forever
a "vow" is not faithfully honored then how can the person ever be trusted?
Is keeping one's word really important and will God hold people accountable
for what they promise? How can people believe a person who doesn't keep
their promised word? What does God think when people make up excuses in
order to get out of keeping their word?
God spoke the world into
existence and promised to save us from our sins by sending us His son to
die on the cross. If we repent asking Jesus to come into our
heart, God will keep His word to save us!
keeps His word, does He expect us to keep ours? Does God hear every word
said and every promise made? Will He hold Pastors, Politicians, and
World leaders more accountable than the rest of the world for what they
speak and promise to do? Why?
Keeping promises demonstrates
our “True Inner Self.” It shows whether or not we have corruptible
or incorruptible morals (fruitful seed) inside of us. Integrity,
Honor, Self-respect and Honesty means everything to man and to the Lord!
What kind of Christian walk does the Lord desire us to have? Is keeping
one's word really important or do we have the right to alter and change
it? Does the world respect people who break their promises?
A broken promise means a broken trust and relationship. Trust and
respect as well as one's honor is the basis of our relationship with our
Lord. He expects us to keep our word, (vow, oath) to others
A God doesn't accept the altering
Lev 27:9-10 And if it
be a beast, whereof men bring an offering unto the LORD, all that any man
giveth of such unto the LORD shall be holy. He shall not alter
it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good
When you give your word to someone
you are also giving it unto the Lord. The Lord teaches us in the
Bible that we must not go back on our promises even if we have to pay a
higher price to keep them. Our promises are taken seriously and we
will be held accountable for them. Changing our minds is not acceptable
to the Lord!
Pastors as keepers of the flock must have
a high standard of morals because they answer directly to God. A
Pillar of society!
I Timothy 3:14-15
These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave
thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the
and ground of the truth.
congregation belongs to the Lord and the responsibility of them is a serious
matter. Pastors must be blameless and morally pure. Promises
must be taken seriously! God holds them accountable because where
Pastors lead the flock (congregation) will follow. To be like
Jesus is to keep your promise!
A man shall NOT break his word the Bible
Numbers 30:2 If
a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a
bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all
that proceedeth out of his mouth.
Moses being directed
of God told people that they must keep their promises. A person's
word in just the same as a written legal contract in the eyes of God.
People who by their own free will have given a vow to do something must
keep their word! Only a child's broken promises can be overruled
by a parent, but even then correction must be made by the parent to teach
the child about keeping one's word. Numbers 30: 3-8
The importance of keeping one's word is
a matter of Integrity!
Psalms 25:20-21 O keep
my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust
in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I
wait on thee.
Integrity and righteousness
are the two most important things for a Christian to have.
Uprightness and Integrity demonstrate what we believe, and how consistent
of a walk we have with Jesus. Pray to the Lord to help you keep your
promises and strive to be pure before the Lord. A man has real dignity
of character when he has high integrity!
A broken promise is a sin and will be judged
by the Lord. God punishes the wicked!
Leviticus 5:4-5 Or if
a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever
it be that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it be hid from him;
when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these. And
it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall
confess that he hath sinned in that thing:
God requires Christians
to keep their word no matter who uncomfortable or unpleasant it may become.
Our ya, ya is enough to bind us before God as a promise to someone.
The only promises that we should not keep is sinful ones. Many times
promises involve sacrifices out of our comfort zones. If you
promised something just by saying you would do it then God expects you
to do it to the "best of your ability" as if you were doing it for the
We can't just confess
the sin of breaking a promise and think we can go our merry way thinking
that we no longer are accountable. As long as you are still able
to fulfill your word (even if it's uncomfortable and you don't want to)
you need to go to that person, repent of your sin and make amends by keeping
your promise. Can you really come into the presence of God knowing
that you refuse to keep your word? What kind of relationship can you have
with the Lord if your are able to keep your word and don't?
Integrity means Honor with Respect
Proverbs 19:1 Better
is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in
his lips, and is a fool.
God classes Integrity
more valuable than the riches of this world. He classes Integrity
more valuable than anything that we could ever own. Cheating, stealing,
lying, breaking one's promises, withholding tithe money out of greed or
spite is the world's way but not what the Lord desires a Christian to be.
We are required to live a higher standard of living by holding our integrity
dear to ourselves. When people of the world look at you as a Christian
do they say you are no different than them or do they say they really
respect you? Poverty if far better if a person has integrity and
honor than all the riches that every existed throughout time. What
is your life worth? Can you take any material thing with you when
you die? We all need to get our priorities straight and realize that
keeping our word is important to our self-respect as well as our integrity.
A Pastor should never Compromise his Integrity
no matter what
Proverbs 12:3 A man
shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall
not be moved.
Solomon knew that
our word is our bond (promise,) and following the Lords word is important
as a Christian because His word is our bond to us. Our character
is reflected by the words that we speak and the vows that we make.
Broken promises causes a great deal of hurt and is the same sin of lying.
Personal Integrity as a Christian is held valuable by God when we honor
our commitments. People can't sin and get away with it because the
Lord sees everything we say and do. No one can get away from their
responsibilities (the promises that they make) and not answer to
God for them. What kinds of rewards do you want in Heaven? When you
see the face of Jesus, will He say, "Well done good and faithful servant,"
or will He have tears in His eyes over the hurts caused by broken
Half truths are deceptive…
And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he
said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman
to look upon: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall
see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me,
but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that
it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of
Sarai was Abraham's
wife as well as his half sister but it was immorally deceptive and caused
hurt as well as shame. Sarai was wealthy and beautiful and Abraham
believed that she would be taken from him. He was also afraid that
he would be killed too. Did Abraham trust God to keep His word to
protect them? Abraham forgot that what God says He will do, He will
do! His word is valuable and the Lord has integrity! Can we do no
less than to faithfully follow God's example by keeping our word? If we
trust the Lord to keep His word can people trust us to keep ours?
Once given our word we should never go back
or alter it!
Lev 27:9-10 And
if it be a beast, whereof men bring an offering unto the LORD, all that
any man giveth of such unto the LORD shall be holy. He shall not
alter it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: and
if he shall at all change beast for beast, then it and the exchange thereof
shall be holy.
us to keep our word even if it costs us dearly. He wants us to take
and keep our promises and not alter or change our word to suit our selfishness.
Not matter who difficult, embarrassing, hard, or burdensome it may be,
we still need to keep our word to the best of our ability. That doesn't
mean that we have a right to grudgingly do it in a spiritual manner but
as pleasing unto the Lord.
Be responsible with your words and
Titus 2:7-8 In
all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing
uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot
be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having
no evil thing to say of you.
God desires us to be moral
witness in our daily walk and that includes our morals. The words
that we speak and the promises that we make demonstrate our Christian values.
This is because of the people around us watching. We must value our
words as if they were gold. People might see Jesus through our eyes
if we are honest with our words. Avoid criticism and hurt by listening
before you speak and honoring what you commit to when you do. Be
sound of speech and honest in your promises!
Words reveal to the world and to God how
honest we are
James 3:9-10 Therewith
bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made
after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth
blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so
Speak words that
are pleasing to God and act with honor upon the promises made. If
you have promised something and back out of it than deep hurt can be left
behind. This grieves the Holy Spirit and can cause a wound that may
last a lifetime. We are never to hurt anyone of the Lord's children
and when we do than there is a price to be paid. Can anyone truly
stand before Jesus knowing that they hurt someone and not feel convicted?
I can't, can you?
God never breaks His word nor does He give
us the right to break ours
2 Chr. 21:7 Howbeit
the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant
that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him
and to his sons for ever.
The light mentioned
in this verse was the light of Jesus Christ God's very own son. Jesus
the Messiah of the world sits upon the throne of David and will rule forever.
He paid the price for our sins upon the cross. God kept His word
by giving us His only begotten Son to take away the sins of the world.
The Lord's word is valuable to us because by that promise being kept and
fulfilled we might be saved. Words have value and we too must keep
our promises like He did for us.
God's delights in in people who keep their
Proverbs 12:22 Lying
lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his
delight. Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart maketh it stoop:
(is heavy and hurts) but a word maketh it glad.
important and have a great deal of value when used in the right way for
Godly purposes. Have you ever seen someone who just had a promise
broken to them or maybe you had a promise broken to you? What did
it feel like? Think of something that really matters to you that
someone has promised to do. Maybe they kept you waiting for it a
long, long time and it really mattered to you. Now consider
how you would feel if it were broken. Try stepping into someone else's
shoes when you break your word to them. Feel terrible doesn't it?
Is this the will of the Father to cause this kind of hurt? Is there
a promise that you made to someone that you can still keep? What does God
want you to do? What are you waiting for, honor your word and go
The Vows we say must be said in truth
and honesty (Be careful for what you promise because God will hold you
Eph. 4:24-25 And
that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness
and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth
with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
When we act like
Godly people full of honor and self-respect than we are pleasing to the
Lord. Our Christian walk should be seen by everyone we meet.
We should daily strive to leave our sins behind taking up our cross and
following the Lord's example. We should daily work at changing our
attitudes and bring our words into line with the Word of God.
Lying by not keeping
one's word causes hurts, disappointments, disruptions and disharmony to
the body of Christ. It makes people loose respect as well as creates
conflicts and destroys relationships. Don't let the devil deceive
you into breaking your word or make you think that you can justify altering
your word to suit you. That is being deceptive and God sees right
through it. This kind of pain can become bottled up inside
a person's heart for years to come.
We shouldn't allow
the devil to divide us when the best thing we could do would be to honor
our word in the first place. Integrity, honesty, decency, truthfulness
and virtue are all required to show people that we love them.
This is the will of the Father!
Just by saying you “will” do something,
you have “given your word!”
Matthew 5:37 But
let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is
more than these cometh of evil.
God want you to do but let your word be yes, yes or no, no when you are
speaking.. People will come to respect you and follow your
lead if you are honest. Always be truthful saying what you mean and
meaning what you say! Honor your word so that it will be right before
the Lord. Integrity, honor and respect is the reward for keeping
one's word. Let's all remember to live up to the high standards that
the Lord has set before us.
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